Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear San Jacinto City Council - legalize it!

This is a copy of the letter I sent to the city manager and council members about this issue.
-Bill

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Dear San Jacinto Mayor Miller and esteemed City Council members,

I write to you today in support of San Jacinto allowing for expanded marijuana stores and testing facilities. As you are likely aware, tens of thousands of city residents and guests already use marijuana. None of that will change at all by dis-allowing stores and testing facilities in San Jacinto. In fact, much of the police resources that are spent on marijuana related issues and enforcement would then be better used against the gangs and other criminal elements in the city. Voting to allow dispensaries and testing facilities will not only align the city with what the states' voters have already passed, but it will allow San Jacinto to become a city looking toward a future - instead of reacting to the past. 

Aside for the obvious money that will come in to the city via sales taxes from stores and testing facilities, you allowing these places to have proper legal standing will undoubtedly increase home values. San Jacinto will become a popular place, very quickly. This will also help many families who are still slightly 'under water' with mortgages they signed in the mid-2000's. 

Additionally, I know there are many people in San Jacinto who wish to keep the rural aspect of the valley. I believe that not only will housing values go up - but the land will also become more valuable as raw farming land due to San Jacinto having a great climate for growing. By the farming land becoming valuable as actual farm land as opposed to most valuable as developed into housing tracts, this could very well help preserve the farming heritage that local residents have enjoyed for over 100 years. 

I thank you for your time,

William 'Bill' Gould
Resident, SW Riverside County
Local Business Owner

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SPLENDOR ON THE GRASS

THOSE WERE THE DAYS -

BSC, CA – In the 20+ years I lived in Murrieta, all the classic car shows that I went to were always a big deal to get to. Living in Riverside, things are different. I can't speak for any other side of town, but the East Side is poppin'. For me, that's a good thing.


You see normally when I would see a classic ride, I'd scramble my phone out to snap a shot and post it on my Facebook page for my oldest son, a car nut like I was in my youth, to see. This time, the church down the street held a decent-sized event that had the right mix of eras and muscle, plus some real class, Gov'ner.

So here's to my oldest, and all the rest of the fam that digs vintage rides. It must be noted that in So Cali, vintage cars come in colors that never existed during their heyday, but hey, it's California. Here's to you, Peter and Cassie and to the time I drove up to Becca's in that yellow dune buggy just to see you. I love you, son. Enjoy the rides.

The event fit well in my time zone, and the weather was So Cali, cool in the morning and sunny.










This model was not only sporting a new paint color but was wrongly marked with a 60s era '327' engine insignia, but the use on a Chevy is correct. 327's were legendary.



Even the same model Malibu that your Grandma drove was on display, just in a different color with a smaller mill. She owned a 396 SS, yes, yes. Only took her a minute to get from the house to the classroom she told me. The kids called her 'Vroom Vroom'.



After those memories, it was time to head for some splendor on the grass.






























Then it was time to grab a couple of hotdogs cooked outdoors, hear some Martha & The Vandellas, and win a tee shirt,



Before taking home some fond memories on the original Sabbath. Great cars, nice people, good dogs.